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Ferrel sisters lead Fairfield girls at Mount Pleasant

By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Sep 25, 2013
Courtesy of: ASHLEY DE WIT/GTNS Fairfield’s Taylor Ferrel runs by an opponent in Mount Pleasant Tuesday. Ferrel finished in third place.

The Mount Pleasant Invitational took place at the Midwest Threshers Campgrounds Tuesday.

Fairfield, Van Buren and Cardinal all traveled to Mount Pleasant and competed in the annual event.

The Fairfield girls ran aggressively and finished third overall in the Class AA race. Coach Jerrod Belzer thinks the girls were as competitive as they’ve been the whole season. Taylor and Maggie Ferrel were Fairfield’s top two finishers on the girl’s side.

“Taylor and Maggie both had by far their best races of the season,” Belzer said. “They put themselves in great position early on and gutted it out the entire race.”

The JV girls put forth another strong performance and finished first for the second straight race. Abby Melcher finished first overall with the time of 18:07.

“We have a lot of girls vying for a varsity spot and you can tell right now how badly they want to be there,” Belzer said.

The Trojan boys finished fourth. Nathan Haerr led the way with a 10th place finish.

“He [Nathan] runs better at each race,” Belzer said. “I really think he’s going to have a shot at an All-Conference spot with the way he’s been training.”

The Van Buren boys finished fifth and the girls finished sixth. An illness that has been passed around by teammates has hurt their conditioning recently. Coach John Simmons is still pleased with the effort put forth by his runners.

“We are still not at 100 percent physically, but we have not had our entire varsity lineup together for a while on the boys side,” Simmons said. “Our girls are steadily improving and we are looking forward to conference and then the state qualifying meet in one month.”


Here is a list of complete results:

Class A- Van Buren/ Girls:

3. Unity Daughery 16:37

12. Sydney Atwood 17:52

29. Caitlyn Millard 19:41

33. Abby Rider 20:09

36. Kadie Meek 20:19

40. Taylor Murgia 21:39

42. Jessie Cassens 22:07

44. Regan Shockley(Cardinal)20:04


Class A- Van Buren Boys

8. Seth Dickinson 17:30

18. Tyler Runyon 18:09

28. Thomas Fitzsimmons 19:05

31. Josh Wenke 19:13

32. Nolan Lydolph 19:14

38. Drew Nolting 19:24

42. Dalton Haynes 19:36


Class AA- Fairfield Girls

3. Taylor Ferrel 16:17

8. Maggie Ferrel 16:51

11. Ashlyn Elmore 16:59

15. Tracy Andermann 17:44

18. Kylie Kurtz 17:56

19. Chloe Spalla 18:03

21. Alyssa Fitch 18:12


Class AA- Girls Team

1. Mount Pleasant

2. Fort Madison

3. Fairfield

4. Washington

5. Keokuk


Class AA- Fairfield Boys

10. Nathan Haerr 17:55

16. Benjamin Boender 18:45

27. Mitchell Burnstedt 21:25

30. Jordan Van Dijk 21:37

31. Nathan Thompson 21:57

32. Walker Allen 22:14

33. Mitchell Taglauer 22:43


Class AA- Boys Team

1. Fort Madison

2. Mount Pleasant

3. Washington

4. Fairfield

5. Keokuk


Fairfield JV Girls

1. Abby Melcher 18:07

6. Anuja Pharasi 18:46

7. Emily Hanna 19:19

12. Ryan Pate 19:44

13. Emma Lemlin 19:45

16. Mikaela Lunsford 20:05

18. Savannah Kelley 20:08

19. Shannon Morrissey 20:26

23. Kylee Marlay 21:23

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